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Agriculture Site Certification Process

STEP 1: Pre-Assessment

To learn more about your operations on the site and to provide an overview of the Salmon-Safe process, our staff will schedule a call with you and one of our agriculture assessors.  Our Salmon-Safe assessor will ask a series of questions to get to know the site’s ecological and geographic context as well as operational practices. 

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STEP 2: On-site Assessment
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Following a successful pre-assessment, Salmon-Safe staff will assist you in scheduling an on-site visit with one of our assessors.  During the on-site visit, our assessor will tour the site with you  and determine how Salmon-Safe agriculture standards are being implemented on site. 

Salmon-Safe agriculture certification is focused on 7 management practice areas - in-stream habitat protection and restoration, riparian area management, water use management, erosion and sediment control, integrated pest management and water quality protection, animal management and biodiversity conservation.

STEP 3: On-site Report

Following the on-site visit, our assessor and staff will prepare a report on findings, any conditions for certification, condition timelines and recommendations for continual site improvement.  The report will be submitted to the landowner for review and signature. 

STEP 4: Certification & Recognition

Following the acceptance of the conditions and recommendations cited in the report, certification is awarded. To celebrate this achievement and get the word out, Salmon-Safe staff will work with communications leads for the site to put together a publicity or recognition campaign. 

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STEP 5: Annual Review of Project Activities
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Salmon-Safe’s agriculture certification cycle is 3 years pending the successful completion of any conditions for certification and any progress on recommendations.  To follow up on these activities and provide support, Salmon-Safe staff will check in on an annual basis.

Interested in learning more about Salmon-Safe certification or beginning the process to certify your site? Reach out to our team at

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